Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal initially had no intention of turning their critically acclaimed 2018 film “Blindspotting” into a show.
“That was not a goal of ours. We wanted to leave it alone and go do something else,” Casal, 35, informed The Post. “Lionsgate — who helped us release the film — proposed the idea of a series and we were quick to tell them ‘No, thank you.’”
Premiering Sunday, June 13 (9 p.m.) on Starz, “Blindspotting” is a half-hour dramedy persevering with the story from the film of the identical identify that Casal and Diggs co-wrote and starred in.
Set in Oakland, Calif., the film follows mates Colin Hoskins (Diggs) and Miles (Casal) as their relationship turns into strained after Colin witnesses a police capturing and Miles’ conduct turns into more and more reckless.
The sequence — which the duo co-created and co-exec produce– begins after the occasions of the movie, when Miles is all of the sudden incarcerated. His longtime companion Ashley (Jasmine Cephas Jones), should then carry their son Sean (Atticus Woodward) to maneuver in with Miles’s mom Rainey (Helen Hunt) and half-sister Trish (Jaylen Barron), as Ashley’s life spirals into chaos.
“It felt like Colin and Miles’ story was hard to top,” stated Casal. “We thought we’d are available and inform Lionsgate ‘No’ politely. And I bear in mind on the drive there, [Daveed Diggs and I] had been like, ‘Is there a version that we would make on our own?’ When we reduce the film, we wished extra Jasmine [Cephas Jones]. The model of the show that we might wish to watch is one which was in regards to the ladies that formed our lives rising up within the Bay.
“Ashley is really a combination of about four to five people that we grew up with. All the characters in this world are based on people we can write to and also pick up the phone and just call and ask a tough question. That’s the beauty of having a community in your art.”
Casal’s real-life friendship with the “Hamilton” star extends again a number of a long time.
“We met in high school probably around 1999 or 2000,” he stated. “He was a senior when I was a freshman. So ‘meet’ is an extreme word. We didn’t become best friends as seniors and freshmen often do not. But he was in the theater and poetry scene and I was in the poetry and music scene — so there was that overlap of the poetry scene. We became fast best friends probably around 2004, when he came through a studio session at my recording studio.”
The relaxation is historical past, as they bought to engaged on “Blindspotting” collectively.
“The next challenge – which ended up being a beautiful process – was figuring how to make this truly collaborative, so that there wasn’t two dudes at the top deciding what a bunch of female characters do, which is sort of a nightmare,” stated Casal.
They ended up filling their writers’ room with ladies and giving stars corresponding to Helen Hunt heavy enter into their characters.
“We knew we wanted it to be Helen from the moment we came up with the character. Helen was a big supporter of the movie. She said something about it on Twitter, I slid in her [messages], and we became friends. We were always teasing the idea of her of her playing this white hippie progressive Bay Area mom. I hadn’t seen Helen in a role like that. She came back to us like, ‘I want to talk about who she is.’ And that really became our process.”